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The Netherlands has a long tradition in theoretical physics which involves research performed at university institutes, industrial laboratories, and government institutions. The strength of this research area is, for a large part, based on the unity of methods employed in a wide range of applications. This manifests itself both in scientific research and in academic education.

To structure and coordinate the graduate education in theoretical physics, the Dutch Research School of Theoretical Physics (DRSTP) was formed. The school is a cooperation between the theoretical physics groups of six Dutch universities: University of Amsterdam (UvA), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), University of Groningen (RUG), Leiden University (UL), Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), Utrecht University (UU) (commissioner) and of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef). In addition, there are several alessociate members.

The DRSTP was accredited in 1994 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)/Research School Accreditation Committee (ECOS) (Erkenningscommissie Onderzoekscholen) and reaccredited in 1999, 2004 and 2010.

In 2016 members of a selected review committee (Prof. Daan Frenkel; Prof. Anne Davis and Prof. Peter Wölfle) were asked to perform a review of the DRSTP in accordance with the Standard Evaluation Protocol (2015-2021). The School scored three times excellent for:
Quality of the PhD educational programme;
Relevance of the DRSTP's educational activities to society;
Viability of the DRSTP.

The School has been reaccredited for another six years (2017-2023). A detailed report from the committee members is available here.

* Reaccreditation News, 29 November 2017
* Article Leidsch Dagblad, 1 November 2017

This recognizes and endorses the prominent role the DRSTP has been playing in the Dutch Theoretical Physics community since its inception in 1994 in maintaining high standards of excellence in both research and graduate education.

The Mission Statement provides further details about the objectives of the DRSTP.

Upcoming DRSTP events:

THEP School 2018: 29 January - 9 February 2018

SPTCM School 2018: 12 - 23 March 2018

Upcoming Delta ITP events:

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Holography

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Quantum and Topological Matter

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Theoretical Cosmology


Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics II (fall 2017)
This fall's Delta ITP Course Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics aimed at advanced Master’s students, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, is built around the general theme of Non-equilibrium quantum field theory.

Module 3: Quantum field theory in curved spacetime
Ben Freivogel (UvA)
Lectures: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11
Exam: Dec 18, Room H.331
Location/Room: Nikhef, Science Park 105, room H.331, Amsterdam
Just tell the receptionist that you are attending this course and they will let you in.
Abstract: This module will focus on techniques and results from quantum field theory in curved spacetimes, such as the real world.
Important applications we will cover include:
-Quantum fluctuations during inflation that generate the temperature fluctuations in the CMB;
-Hawking radiation from black holes and the black hole information paradox.

We are planning roughly the following schedule:
Lecture 11:00-13:45 (including 45 minute lunch break)
Exercises 14-17h
The exercises are a very important part of the course, where you actually learn to use the tools covered in the lecture.

Suggested references (these have a lot of overlap with each other):
-Book by Birrell and Davies, "Quantum Fields in Curved Space"
-"Jerusalem Lectures on Black Holes and Quantum Information" by Harlow,
-"Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime" by Ford,

Grading: Pass/Fail, based on the exam. The exam is Monday 18 December, 13-17h in Nikhef H331. Most of the exam will be closely based on the exercises.

Teaching Assistant: Joris Kattemolle

Last update: 29-11-2017, 18.01